The film documentary Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic examines the impact of global warming on a once-thriving culture now struggling to survive on our world's northernmost frontier. It gives insight into one culture, the Inuit. But their challenge represents the challenges of many other indigenous cultures around the world, whose existence relies primarily on a healthy local ecosystem. Many of these systems are declining due to invasive pollution and Greenhouse Gases. Inuit have recently been labeled as the “Canary in the Coalmine”, for good reasons. Not only are these isolated communities threatened by climate change, but also their culture and languages are defenseless against the persisting influences of our Western culture.
SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic chronicles a critical moment of transformation in the history of the Arctic. The film humanizes the impact of the warming Arctic and demonstrates the interconnectedness between these small Arctic communities and the larger global society. It presents a small part of the earth as a sample of the challenges we face as a global community in an ecologically unstable and increasingly unsustainable and globalized world.
Corina Gamma is a Swiss born filmmaker and multi-media artist. With her work, she merges documentation and conceptual art, often exploring the relationships between people and their environment. She began her education in Fine Art in Switzerland. After settling in Southern California, she continued her studies at the University of California and completed with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Claremont Graduate University.
Between 2009 and 2013 Corina Gamma travelled multiple times to Greenland, where she investigated and produced of her documentary SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic, exploring the many settlements and towns from the southern tip to Greenland’s most northern village Siorapluk. In Spring of 2011, she spent three weeks with renowned Swiss climatologist Dr. Konrad Steffen and his crew on the inland ice sheet at Swiss Camp, a climate research station. SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic gained her several nominations and awards, among them the nomination for “Prix du Soleur” in Switzerland, the nomination for “Best Documentary” at Raindance Film Festival in London and won “Best Documentary” at the Berlin Independent Film Festival.